Coping with the cold

January 19

Coping with the cold

Some long range forecasts have predicted a bitterly cold winter this year, so it’s good to know there is local support available to help you stay warm and well:

If you are worried about the cost of keeping you home warm

Specialist advisers at Uttlesford Citizens Advice can suggest ideas to make your home more fuel efficient, offer benefit advice, check on grant availability for home improvements and provide budgeting and money advice, help you join an oil club or switch to a cheaper utility supplier.  Call 01799 618858 or email

If you are worried about your health or the health or family and friends  is a website you can use search and identify local services and make a self-referral – so you get the support you need more quickly. The website is easy to use, just look for services by entering key words into the search area.  Use Frontline to access mental health services, heart health checks, carer support, child and family wellbeing services, support for long term health conditions, including cancer, weight management services, drugs and alcohol programmes, befriending groups and more.

If you are worried about damp or mould in your home

Living in a cold or damp home can make existing health conditions, such as childhood asthma, worse.  Uttlesford District Council’s Energy Advice Team can give advice about energy efficiency and grants that may be available to help with home improvements.  Call them on 01376 552525.  If you live in privately rented accommodation that is in a poor state of repair, tell your landlord.  If satisfactory repairs are not carried out call Environmental Health at UDC on 01799 510482 or Citizens Advice on 01799 618840.

If you would like to support others who find winter challenging

Keep an eye on elderly friends or neighbours; help clear paths of ice and snow or offer to pick up shopping or prescriptions.  Make a donation to Uttlesford foodbank or a local charity such as to help provide emergency support for people who are struggling financially.  Or consider training as an Adviser with Uttlesford Citizens Advice – training starts at the end of January.  Go to for more details or call 01799 618840.


Barnards Yard, CB11 4EB

T: 01799 618840 


E: Please use the link from our website to contact us by email

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Great Dunmow 9.30 to 3.30 T. Th.

Thaxted 2pm and 3pm Tuesday (Fortnightly, appointment only)

Stansted Mountfitchet 9.30 to 12.30 Thursday - appointments only

Uttlesford District Council Offices Tuesdays (fortnightly, drop in) 




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